Me? In sales? Crazy.

handshake Me?  In sales?  Crazy.I never, ever, thought I would “do” sales. At least I haven’t since my disastrous first (and only) sales job 19 years ago.

Just out of college, living with way too many people, I took a sales job with Radio Shack. I made nothing. I just couldn’t push the terrible “Coco” computer to people who I knew would be better served by anything else.

The one time I did make a sale, I had my commission stolen by my manager. I quit and decided never to try that again. This lasted 19 years, until just this last month.

Last month I went on two client contact/pre-proposal meetings. I went representing my area of the company, and I ended up making real connections with the clients. It was natural, easy, and actually enjoyable.

What?

What about how bad I supposedly was at sales? Isn’t that sales? Didn’t I do a great job?

The fact is, that was sales, and I did do a great job. The most amazing thing is that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I guess it is time to change my beliefs about myself and grow. I’m not as limited as I thought I was.

Heh, I guess the real kicker for growth will be when we actually close one or more of the deals. Until then I have some learning to do.

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